Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Your Guide to the Fleet
SEPTEMBER  2015         
Last Chance for CIRCUS and the Impossible Science Experience
The end of summer is upon us and that means the end of two of our favorite summer attractions! The last day for CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top is September 7. This is your final chance to fly through the air on the Elastic Acrobat or test your balance by walking the High Wire.

Also ending on September 7 is the Impossible Science Experience, featuring our Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer. See him use applied science to bend light or walk through a solid object before he disappears!

CIRCUS: Science Under the Big Top is open daily in the main exhibit gallery until Monday, September 7.

The Impossible Science Experience is Saturday through Monday, September 5-7, at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Fleet Inquiry Institute is Here for Teachers
This month the Fleet Inquiry Institute hosts two workshops to help teachers incorporate Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards into their classrooms. On Tuesday, September 8, at "Spotlight on San Diego Sciencelocal scientist Dr. Meriah Arias-Thode demonstrates how to access free power from mud using microbial fuel cells. On Saturday, September 26, Storybook Science explores the world of children's scientific literature and meaningful ways to connect literacy and science into multidisciplinary lessons.

Both workshops are designed to give teachers ready-to-use ideas and lesson plans they can take directly to the classroom. More>>

Spotlight on San Diego Science is Tuesday, September 8, 5-7 p.m. at the Fleet. Free.

The Fleet Inquiry Institute for Teachers: Storybook Science is Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. to noon at the Fleet. $15 per person. 


Exploring Planet Earth With Young Scientists
Young Scientist
Young Scientists is back! Curious kids ages 3-5 (and their parents) explore the science of planet Earth, with fun activities and experiments about rocks, plants, land forms and water wonders.Sign up now. More>>

Sessions begin Thursday, September 10.

Don't Try This at Home Is Coming to an End
September will also see the end of another favorite attraction at the Fleet: our live science shows, Don't Try This at Home. Come see (and hear!) how far ping pong balls will fly from a liquid nitrogen explosion and shock your friends using a Van de Graaff generator on the Chain of Pain!

Though the show must end, our Don't Try This at Home crew of science demonstrators remains available to bring the show to you! Ask about having us at your next birthday party or school function. More>>

Shows are four times a day on weekdays and five times a day on weekends every day until September 27. 

Say Cheese!
Ever wonder what gives each cheese variety its distinctive taste? Join us for a night of cheese tasting and learning, as Venissimo Cheese offers a variety of cheeses while fermentation expert and microbiologist Dr. Rachel Dutton explains the science behind the deliciousness.

Cost is $50 per person, which includes cheese tasting and two glasses of wine. Seating is limited to 15. More>>

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Venissimo Cheese Del Mar, 2650 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014.

Catch a Member in September
Between the dates of September 8-30, be sure to wear the Fleet Member sticker that you receive at the ticket counter when you visit the Fleet. Each day, a representative will be strolling through the exhibit galleries selecting three lucky members who will receive a $5 gift certificate to Galileo's Café or the North Star Science Store. Be sure to ask for your Fleet Member sticker each time you check in at the ticket counter!
One more way that Fleet Membership is an exciting adventure all year long. Not yet a member? Click here.

Mythology in the Solar System
Join us this Tuesday for our monthly planetarium show, the Sky Tonight, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. This month we explore the ancient Roman and Nordic stories behind many of the celestial names astronomers use today.
The Sky Tonight features a stunning panoramic visual display of the solar system on our Giant Dome screen. If you haven't seen it yet now is your chance! More>>

The Sky Tonight: A Mythological Tour of the Solar System, Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.

Help Support the Fleet's Mission of Science Education
Join us in inspiring, connecting and surprising curious minds through science. As a nonprofit, support from our donors is crucial to continually provide all the science education we do at the Fleet, whether it's in our exhibit galleries, camps or after school programs. 

Support the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and help us spread the wonders of science to another young mind today. More>>


Maker Faire: Exhibit Your Project
Making is important to science education, which is why the Fleet is a major force behind bringing Maker Faire to Balboa Park. 

Do you have a project you're proud of and that the world should see? If so, then apply for a free Maker Faire booth. Want to help with Maker Fair in October? Sign up as a volunteer! Together let's celebrate making! 

Maker Faire takes place October 3 & 4 throughout Balboa Park.

Our Mission
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.
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Summer Hours End September 7
SUMMER HOURS, through September 7:

Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, 
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

REGULAR HOURS, beginning September 8:

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday through Sunday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September Events

1FREE First Tuesday
2The Sky Tonight
5Tinkerers' Club
7Open for Labor Day
7Senior Monday
7Last Day of CIRCUS
7Last Day of the Impossible Science Experience
8Spotlight on San Diego Science
10Young Scientists Begins
12Saturday Science Club for Girls
12Tinkerers' Club
14Suds & Science
19Tinkerers' Club
26Storybook Science
26Tinkerers' Club
27Last Day for Don't Try This at Home
30The Science of Cheese
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Enter to Win
Congratulations to Edward Nathan Sellers, last month's winner of a 3-D Mirascope instant illusion maker from the Fleet's North Star Science Store!

This month, it could be YOUR turn to win! Enter to win FOUR tickets to the San Diego Museum of Man.

To enter, please complete this form by September 15, 2015.

Store Spotlight
Raise Your Own Hanging Garden
The MakersKit Hanging Air Plant Terrarium includes everything you need to create the perfect environment for raising your own tillandsias, also known as air plants. It includes a live air plant, hanging glass terrarium bubble, reindeer moss, dried lichen, decorative rocks and a water atomizer.

Just place the terrarium in a bright and sunny spot, water once a week and you will have the perfect floating garden.

The MakersKit Hanging Air Plant Terrarium is $44.95 for nonmembers and $40.46 for members.

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